Much like moving into a new dorm room, it is important to be have everything you can possibly need for your puppy to move into your home! Here is a list of items that we recommend you purchase BEFORE you bring your puppy home.The Basics
+Food/Water: Try to purchase the same type/brand of dog food from the shelter or the breeder from where you brought your puppy home. You want to stick to the same kind of food and gradually introduce a new brand. Don't forget that you'll also need bowls for food and water!
- A den-like resting place is very important for your puppy to learn how to spend their inactive time. Use covers and pads
to make the crate more like a bed and more comfortable for your puppy.
+Exercise Pen - Your puppy will be full of energy and curiosity. If your puppy is still working on its training, it is best to keep an exercise pen to keep them enclosed in a supervised area while he gets exercise and working on socializing.General Supplies
+An adjustable collar with ID tags
+Leash for walks and for training
+Grooming supplies: puppy shampoo, grooming brushes (varies with breed and coat type, see Pet Education's Guide to Brushes & Combs for Dogs
), toothbrush kit, nail trimmersGoodies
+TOYS - You will notice that your puppy's attention span will vary. Have a variety of toys, kongs (tough chew toys with treats inside), squeaky toys, stuffed toys, and bouncy balls for your puppy to play with.
+TREATS - Enough said. These will help train your dog but keep the quantities small. Reward your pup for good behavior which will help reinforce learning
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